Positive display against Ampthill can boost Scunthorpe RUFC's confidence, says coach Tim Robinson
IT DID little for their points tally, but head coach Tim Robinson believes Scunthorpe RUFC's performance against Ampthill can do wonders for their confidence.
A great start by the relegation-threatened Greens saw them take a 14-0 lead against National Three Midlands' second-placed side at Heslam Park on Saturday.
And although the visitors hit back, Scunthorpe held their own for the best part of an hour. They were still in with a chance with 10 minutes to go before yellow cards for Matt Probert and Nick Syddall allowed Ampthill to run in three late tries and claim a 43-14 win.
Robinson though, was delighted with his players' efforts.
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"It was a lot closer than the final score suggests," he said. "We were on level pegging at half-time and had a good spell at the start of the second half.
"They won the territorial battle in the second half and put a lot of pressure on and a couple of yellow cards turned the game.
"But I'm very proud of the players. We asked for a performance beforehand because we've got nothing to lose.
"We said we'll just go into every game and give it everything. They certainly did.
"It was full of passion and desire and a will to make things happen.
"That's what we've been asking for for the last four or five games and we've finally seen that in our performance."
Regardless of the result, Robinson says there were many positives to take from the game ahead of this week's trip to Broadstreet.
"At half-time the players were buzzing," he added. "At the final whistle, even though they were disappointed with the result after we had been in a strong position, they came to realise the performance of the first 50 minutes is one we can take a lot from before going to Broadstreet.
"The score was irrelevant, what we really wanted to take from it was a positive performance and we certainly got that."